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Apple is Becoming Heart Healthy

Apple recently announced that its iWatch will include an electrocardiogram and irregular rhythm notification monitor.  The new features will be available across Europe and Hong Kong. 

Apple is one of many large companies betting big on wearable health-centric technology.  Consumers are becoming more connected to their health metrics, so the demand is certainly relevant for such features. 

An ECG and irregular heart rhythm are often utilized to assess for signs of heart disease. Apple is presenting its technology to be used in conjunction with routine healthcare practice, and leveraging the apps can be used as a monitor – rather than active care.

The technology will be available in the US once it receives FDA approval.  It has currently received De Novo clearance, so it’s just a matter of time until this technology is available in the US, says Gaurav Mohindra.

An ECG records the electrical activity from your heart.  Its typically recorded while the heart is at rest.  The iWatch is a perfect application for this test, as users are wearing the watch in a continued fashion on a regular basis says Gaurav Mohindra.

The ECG test may be used to detect various heart ailments, such as, detecting heart disease, heart attack, an enlarged heart, or abnormal rhythms that may cause heart failure.  Apple will likely alert the user if any metric does not appear normal and suggest the user receive medical attention when warranted.

Apple indicated that they engaged in numerous studies verifying the accuracy of its results prior to releasing the device. 

There are new electrodes build into the back crystal and Digital Crown on the iWatch that work in conjunction with the App to facilitate the test – which is akin to taking a single-lead electrocardiogram. It seems as though the entire test can be conducted within 30 seconds – so it’s relatively easy to access important health data in a fast and simple tool.

While tracking steps is an interesting tool – Apple has clearly shown that it’s seeking to expand wearable technology well into advanced medical testing and health, says Gaurav Mohindra. With this new foray into heart-healthy capabilities, it will be interesting to see what else Apple has in mind for the iWatch.   

iWatch users will be able to configure test results so various users can access the results too.  This would be beneficial for providing any abnormal results directly to healthcare providers so immediate attention can be triggered when required.

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What are the Benefits of AI for Businesses?

From replying customer queries to propelling self-driving cars, AI is becoming an essential part of daily life. And AI in companies is no exemption. In fact, AI abilities are being used to advance how industries run says Gaurav Mohindra. This quickly rising technology offers considerable development opportunities that many businesses have already been quick to capitalize upon. Here, we look at some of the ways your company can take advantage of cloud-based AI.

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• Real-time Assistance

AI is helpful for businesses that require continuing communication with clientele throughout every day. For instance, the transport and mobility companies which can have thousands of passengers each day – can leverage AI to interact with them in real time. Companies can send modified information such as notice of delay and any cancellation etc.

• Automating consumer interactions

These days, most consumer communications require individual interactions, including email, social media chat, phone calls, and online chat. However, with AI, businesses can automate many of these interactions. By scrutinizing data from earlier exchanges, interactions can be programmed to correctly reply to consumers and deal with their inquiries. Further, when AI is paired with machine learning, platforms become more Effexor time and effective, and as a result, they become much better at interacting with consumers in more everyday ways.

• Data Mining:

Artificial Intelligence apps are able to rapidly find out essential and pertinent information during the processing of big data. This can offer companies’ that already have vast user information new modalities and customer insights says Gaurav Mohindra. This is becoming increasingly popular in cloud-based AI.

• Outcome Prediction

One of the advantages of AI is that it is proficient to forecast the outcomes based on data analysis. By mining vast permutations of user interaction based upon data sets that predicate those interactions, AI (through forecast modeling) can effectively provide predictive interactions with confidence ranked results.

• Operational Automation

AI is capable to advance further technologies that boost automation in the company. For instance, artificial intelligence can be utilized to control robots in factories, and can preserve ideal temperatures or play music all based upon user preferences

Wrapping Up

As noted above, AI systems provide businesses with ample of benefits like customer service, inventory management, operational automation, etc. These are just a few of many ways AI can be used by businesses shared Gaurav Mohindra. Look out for continued advancement in this area with everyday application.

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Blockchain is well on its Way to Become the New Internet

Blockchain technologies are still receiving a lot of attention. Looking back it was really an untamed journey on the crypto rollercoaster. Altcoins experienced huge growth, as well as attention, says Gaurav Mohindra. Part of this can be attributed to Bitcoin’s wild journey of all-time highs, massive investor speculation, followed by enormous amendments.  In fact, Bitcoin has already surged in early 2019 is trading over $5000 for the first time in 2019.

Despite the practical use cases of Bitcoin, one of its most beneficial attributes was introducing crypto-currency and Blockchain to the world. Whether or not one understood its utility, it most certainly attracted investment dollars and general attention.

Web 3.0 – The New Internet

Cryptocurrencies exist on Blockchain and some consider it a new form of Internet. Actually, the Blockchain technology will power Web 3.0 which some people refer to as the new Internet. For most the people this is an unfamiliar term. Here’s some particulars:

There are many definitions of Web 3.0. PC Mag calls it connective intelligence. Connective intelligence refers to the next generation of data, applications, and concepts where a trusted dealer like a bank or tech corporation in the center is not required to ensure solitude and most importantly security.

Digital currency is one highly discussed use case for Blockchain technology, but there are many applications where it can be equally powerful. Gaurav Mohindra has identified these industries most likely to be impacted by Blockchain:

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  • Healthcare (Medical Records)
  • Real estate/Automobile transfers (Title Transfer)
  • Politics/Government (Voting)
  • Education (Transcripts, records and diplomas)

Until now, the focus has been mainly on cryptocurrencies, but soon, the platform and efficacy tokens will become the spotlight. Both of these components are essential as they help describe the next invention of the Internet.

The leading Blockchain podium is going to be the major building block for the latest Internet and as the present battle goes, Ethereum is winning.  Ethereum is an open-source blockchain-based platform and OS having a scripting functionality. A token, referred to as Ether, is generated by the Ethereum platform. Ether can be transferred between accounts and used to compensate participant mining nodes for computations performed.  Ethereum provides a versatile applicability that will be attractive to a many industries.

Wrapping Up

As above said, it is going to be a very interesting year. Decentralized apps will continue to flood into the market says Gaurav Mohindra. And we all can see the platform for the internet of the upcoming solidifies itself within the market.   There are numerous industries that can be positively impacted by Blockchain.  The healthcare industry, often an early technology adopter, can leverage blockchain for medical record management.  Similarly, real estate and automobile transactions can benefit from transferring title through a secure unique modality.

Look out for value creating enterprises who innovatively build out effective solutions.

Originally Posted:
https://www.allperfectstories.com/blockchain-the-new-internet/

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Uber Launches Uber Freight in Europe

Uber announced the launch of Uber Freight in Europe today highlighting its entry into the 3rdlargest marketplace for global logistics.  This news reinforces Uber’s commitment into the trucking market, which it entered in the US market over 2 years ago.

“Uber provides transparency and a much-needed level playing field in global logistics”, says Gaurav Mohindra, an attorney working with emerging technologies.  “Currently, there are vast inefficiencies within the marketplace resulting in empty transit which impacts bottom lines and timelines.”

Ubers foray into Europe further illustrates its commitment for global reach.  Having successfully expanded it rideshare and private car business into new territories, it’s refreshing to see the company capitalize and expand its international footprint.

Last week, Uber competitor Lyft received much attention with its IPO on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Post IPO, Lyft had a valuation of around $24 billion USD.  “Lyft’s IPO and value creation clearly shows the interest the market has for emerging technologies.  Uber is widely considered the leader in this space and there is anticipated support for their IPO as well”, continued Gaurav Mohindra.

From Uber’s press release, they state that Uber Freight is transforming the trucking industry by enabling carriers and their drivers to push a button and book a load at an upfront price instead of wasting hours or even days negotiating their work on the phone. Uber’s global experience of rapidly building and optimizing transportation networks unlocks value for everyone involved.  Similar to Uber, Lyft also provides an expanded business offering asides from its personal ride sharing service.  Lyft business includes healthcare and corporate solutions as well.  “Seeing Uber’s success in the freight logistics marketplace, one can assume the Lyft will expand its reach in this marketplace as well”, says Gaurav Mohindra.

According to the American Trucking Association, trucks move around 71% freight by weight in the US.  US Trucking accounts for nearly $738.9 Billion in revenue, over 10 billion tons of freight were transported in 2016, and roughly 11 million people were employed in trucking related activity in 2015. With such a large marketplace, it’s not surprising that mobility companies are positioning to capture this market.  Like other industries, it will be interesting to see how traditional trucking and logistics companies position themselves to compete with the new market entrants.

With the new market entrants, carriers and shippers are likely the ones to gain most as they can maximize their value with the emerging technologies.  It will be interesting to see how this unfolds over time.

Originally Posted:
https://www.allperfectstories.com/uber-launches-uber-freight-in-europe/

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Check Out The 100 Most Popular Non-Branded Google Keywords

The team over at siegemedia put together a pretty cool list of the 100 most popular Google Keywords.

They preface the article by recognizing that branded terms like “Gmail” and “Craigslist” are frequently searched and are generally a common point of reference for Internet users.  They also make clear that the top five most searched keywords overall are “Gmail”, “Craigslist”, “Amazon”, “Yahoo”, and“Porn”.  They didn’t include any of these terms in their list – because, as they say “a giant list of navigational brand searches and porn isn’t interesting.”

Their research was focused more around non-brands.  They were curious about true keywords that are the aim of many SEOs world-wide.

siege media teamed with SEMRush to satiate their curiosity and compiled a top 100 keywords list.   The full list includes the 100 most searched for non-branded keywords on Google, in the United States region.  We have reproduced the top 25 for your amusement – but definitely check out the entire list (link below).

The list was compiled by manually sifting through the most popular search terms overall to find keywords that were not associated with a brand. To keep it clean – and a bit more relevant to their inquiry, they also removed porn-related keywords.

So…here’s the Top 25 non-branded keywords from their list (we included a bit of our own commentary next to each):

1. weather        (gotta know when it rains…!)

2. translate       (it’s a globally connected world!)

3. maps            (good to know where you are..!)

4. news            (gotta stay updated!)

5. calculator    (need to figure out the tip a restaurant)

6. g                  (yes…that’s the letter “g”)

7. youtube to mp3  (content is king!)

8. dictionary     (sometimes words just get fancy!)

9. f                    (yes…that’s the letter “f”)

10. translator     (se habla español?)

11. restaurants near me  (always looking for good local eats…!)

12. movies         (not surprised on this one)

13. speed test     (gotta have good bandwidth!)

14. cheap flights (travel is fun, especially when cheap!)

15. horoscope     (may be useful for a pickup line!)

16. unblocked games  (darn workplace filters

17. solitaire         (always a classic!)

18. mortgage calculator  (helpful tool!)

19. calendar        (gotta stay organized!)

20. games           (are always fun at work!)

21. map              (where are we?)

22. love quotes   (who said romance is dead?)

23. restaurants    (always good to know where to get good eats)

24. social security      (kinda surprised to see this one on the list)

25. spanish translator (se habla español?)

 

…check their entire Top 100 list at:

https://www.siegemedia.com/seo/most-popular-keywords

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WeWork Unveils A New Coworking Program in NYC, LA, Chicago

Coworking is a style of work that involves a shared working environment, often an office, or an independent activity. However, it’s not your usual office.  Unlike a typical office environment, those coworking are usually not working for the same organization.

Coworking has become increasingly popular for professionals who want the benefits of an office – without a long term lease and overhead.  It’s often attractive to work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, or people who travel frequently who end up working in relative isolation.

Think of coworking as a group of people who work independently, but share values, and are interested in the synergy and positivity that comes from working with people who value working in the same place alongside each other.  Coworking offers a solution to the problem of isolation experienced by many professionals who work from home.

WeWork is one the leading coworking companies.  They have a presence in major US cities and offer innovative space for good value.

According to USA Today and the New York Business Journal (link below), WeWork is launching a new, special program that provides office space to 1,000 veterans or their spouses over the next five years. All veterans are eligible for 25 percent off office space, but for many there will be no charge at all.

In addition to New York, other cities offering the plan include Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Detroit and Denver.

The new WeWork program is called the Veterans in Residence program, and the offer will be extended to all veterans and military spouses who want to scale a new business. After completing the six-month program, graduates get a discount off their rent for a year.

We think this is an amazing program, and are not surprised that it’s being offered by a forward thinking company like WeWork!

Further details on WeWork’s Veterans is Residence program are accessible at:

https://www.bizjournals.com/newyork/news/2017/11/09/wework-program-to-help-military-vet-entrepreneurs.html

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Send Money To Friends Through Facebook

Facebook announced a pretty cool feature today!  Starting today, Facebook users in France and the UK can send money amongst friends via a peer-to-peer payments service.  Facebook indicated that this is one of the most requested features in Messenger.

The new peer-to-peer payments will not be available in all of Europe yet, as it will only be available in UK and France. But, I’m sure if it’s successful it will be rolled out to a wider audience.

Facebook states (and we agree) that this is a convenient and secure way to send and receive money right in Messenger threads.  It will make it fast to send money without leaving a conversation. They have also added an animation of falling Euros and British Pounds, depending on the country, just for fun.

From Facebook – this is the first time Messenger has extended p2p payments since launching in the US in 2015, and since then, p2p payments in Messenger have been widely used to make life more seamless. Some recent Messenger research has shown it’s not just the transactional act of paying someone back, it’s the emotional importance of doing so. Reciprocity fosters happiness and builds trust. We’ve heard that people often want better ways to express themselves when sending money, like adding accompanying text, emoticons, pictures and GIFs; of course Messenger is the best place to do many of these things, so we hope we’re bringing even more functionality to the art of conversation.

The peer-to-peer payments are expected to roll out to everyone in the UK and France over the coming weeks. With this feature, people will be able to send money to others in their country (from a person in the UK to another person in the UK, for example) but not across borders.

For further details on this new Facebook feature, check out:

https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2017/11/send-money-to-friends-in-messenger-now-in-euros-and-british-pounds/

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Amazon to Start Selling Technology Products in Whole Foods at Black Friday Prices

Amazon.com Inc. is going to start selling technology products in Whole Foods locations at discounted prices.  The deals are not limited are to just Thanksgiving related food items but popular technology products.

Amazon announced that it will offer the discounted deals on some of its products for the entire week before Thanksgiving.  The discounted items will be available at more than 100 of its Whole Foods Market locations.

The discounted products include the following:

$10 off the Echo Dot

$20 off the newest Amazon Echo

$30 off the Echo Plus

$30 off Kindle Paperwhite

$20 off the new Amazon Cloud Cam

$20 off the Fire 7 tablet

$30 off the Fire HD 8 tablet

Further product details are available at www.amazon.com.

These technology products may not be what one normally expects to see at a Whole Foods, but shouldn’t be a surprise since Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods.  The brick and mortar retail channel will also allow customers to touch and feel these Amazon products before they make a purchase.  It would be helpful if these items could be demo’d too!

Amazon will also unveil “Amazon Pop-Up” stores at Whole Foods locations in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and Chicago on Nov. 13; in Davie, Florida and Pasadena, Calif., Nov. 14; and in Denver Nov. 15. The staffed pop-up shops at Whole Foods stores will allow grocery shoppers to play around with Amazon devices and get more information about services including Amazon Prime.  Keep an eye out for more “Amazon Pop-Up” stores in your area.

Amazon has not yet made Black Friday or Cyber Monday plans for its online retail business public. So it’s not clear if the deals offered at Whole Foods will also be offered online at Amazon.com.

For further details, check out: https://www.thestreet.com/story/14386421/1/amazon-to-sell-its-own-devices-in-whole-foods-stores-at-black-friday-prices.html

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Apple News: Cable assemblies conveying high speed signals while providing reduced signal noise, radiation, and susceptibility to interference.

HDMI cables have quickly become the global standard for connecting high-def equipment audio/video equipment. HDMI is widely recognized as the best all-digital interface delivering both quality and ease of use. Most of the largest consumer electronics, PC and mobile device manufacturers incorporate HDMI connectivity into their products.

So, it should come as no surprise that a new Apple patent was recently published having the following title and abstract:

Ground bar for micro-coaxial wires in hdmi cables

Cable assemblies that may convey high speed signals while providing reduced signal noise, radiation, and susceptibility to interference. These and other examples may be readily manufactured. These and other examples may provide cables having a reduced thickness.

From the patent application, Apple provides the following example of what they’re seeking to capture: An illustrative embodiment of the present invention may provide cable assemblies having a reduced thickness by providing an internal strain relief for the cable. This may eliminate the need for a conventional strain relief that typically wraps around an outside jacket of a cable. These and other embodiments of the present invention may provide a cable having hollow tube in or near its center. The hollow tube may have one of a number of different cross-sections. For example, the hollow tube may have a star-shaped cross section, a circular cross-section, or other shaped cross-section. Stiffening rods may be inserted into the ends of hollow tube. The stiffening rods may prevent the cables from being bent at a localized point and may instead distribute the bend radius over the length of rod. In these and other embodiments of the present invention, the hollow tube and rod may be replaced by a plastic or nylon rod. In these and other embodiments of the present invention, these hollow tubes and rods may be in or near a center of the cable or elsewhere in or on the cable.

The patent application was published on August, 3, 2017 – and has the following publication number: US 2017/0221604 A1.

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A?: Here’s A Solution For Fixing That Annoying iPhone Bug

Apple products are user friendly, include a great design, plug into the Apple ecosystem seamlessly, and provide an amazing user experience.

Apple’s new iOS 11.1 echoes all of Apple’s known attributes and overall, is a great update. It definitely makes iPhones more user friendly, and it actually frees up space on users’ devices.

However, there is an annoying glitch that’s plaguing many users.

Many users are reporting a strange symbol appearing when typing the letter “I” on their iPhones.

This glitch goes beyond just iPhones but also affects users who updated their iPad or iPod touch to iOS 11.1.  Users are finding that the letter “I” is autocorrecting (or being replaced) with the letter “A” with some kind of symbol next to it, either a “?” or barcodes.

Apple is aware of the bug and has provided guidance and some workarounds to solve the problem.

Apple provided a workaround when the bug first became an issue over the last week and seemed to resolve the issue for many users.  However it now seems as through users can update their devices to iOS 11.1.1 to fix the issue themselves.

The following steps walk you through correcting the glitch on your own:

  1. Connect your device into a power source, and make sure you’re connected to the Internet with Wi-Fi.
  2. Go into your Settings > General > Software Update.
  3. Select “Download and Install”. A message may pop up asking to temporarily remove apps because iOS needs more space for the update, tap Continue or Cancel. Later, iOS will reinstall apps that it removed.
  4. To update now, tap Install. Or you can tap Later and choose Install Tonight or Remind Me Later. If you tap Install Tonight, just plug your iOS device into power before you go to sleep. Your device will update automatically overnight.
  5. If you’re asked, enter your passcode – then type in your password and the update should conclude.

Apple has a great Support Page – which answers most questions, so check it out regularly for updates and tips!

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